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Old 05-19-2015, 01:35 PM   #1
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Seemed to have lost the thread on Axels.

I would like to find it again and ask some questions. Where can I find it again?

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Old 05-19-2015, 02:31 PM   #2
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I was visiting ETI about a month ago and noticed a 17 with a High Lift Axel out on display. To my eye it looked to be too high - visually significantly too high..... Dennis was near by and when I asked him about that he told me that I could order a 22.5 degree lift.


It was an empty trailer and I don't know how much a 17 will "settle" with a load on board and that might be a factor on how high that trailer looked. I plan on doing a lot of remote camping but I am not a "rock crawler".


I think that your trailer should be higher than the tow vehicle because you are more likely to feel or hear you TV getting high centered .... hopefully in time to back off. I'm also guessing that you may or may not hear or feel your trailer getting high centered in time to back off before damage is done if it isn't high enough .... no doubt a very difficult maneuver. So how high is high enough?


Anyone have thoughts on this? I'm working on my build list.


Thanks, Tom
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:45 PM   #3
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Seemed to have lost the thread on Axels.

I would like to find it again and ask some questions. Where can I find it again?

Thank you
Here you go:

"High lift axles"
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Old 05-19-2015, 02:55 PM   #4
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:42 AM   #5
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I was visiting ETI about a month ago and noticed a 17 with a High Lift Axel out on display. To my eye it looked to be too high - visually significantly too high..... Dennis was near by and when I asked him about that he told me that I could order a 22.5 degree lift.


It was an empty trailer and I don't know how much a 17 will "settle" with a load on board and that might be a factor on how high that trailer looked. I plan on doing a lot of remote camping but I am not a "rock crawler".


I think that your trailer should be higher than the tow vehicle because you are more likely to feel or hear you TV getting high centered .... hopefully in time to back off. I'm also guessing that you may or may not hear or feel your trailer getting high centered in time to back off before damage is done if it isn't high enough .... no doubt a very difficult maneuver. So how high is high enough?


Anyone have thoughts on this? I'm working on my build list.


Thanks, Tom
Tom, if it helps any here is a picture of me leaving ETI with my new 17B with hi-lift axle last week. Works for me and would rather have more clearance than less.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:46 AM   #6
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Tom, if it helps any here is a picture of me leaving ETI with my new 17B with hi-lift axle last week. Works for me and would rather have more clearance than less.

Hi Hugh, I think your trailer looks just right. Maybe a couple inches higher than your FJ? Have often those vehicles would make an ideal TV. Congratulations on your finished trailer and all.

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Thanks Glenn,
Your trailer looks great too! Do you have 3 - 4 inches more clearance than your Rav 4? And thanks for all your helpful suggestions on all my other post. Are you coming to the Rally? I'd like to meet you.

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You can show it as many times as you wish as far as I'm concerned.It's a great photo and shows an Escape in it's natural habitat
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Booked for rally from Wed. thru Sun.
I got the high-lift axle option because my plan was to get a Tacoma. But, shopping for cars, the Old Bag ( Leslie ) reminded me that we are getting older and might not be able to climb up into the cab easily so we got the RAV4.
Trailer will go anywhere the RAV can. An issue is grounding (grinding ) the hitch when crossing a ditch.
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